According to The Scottish Sun, Celtic are interested in signing centre-back Scott McKenna from Scottish Premiership rivals from Aberdeen.
Aberdeen will want to slap on a fairly hefty asking price for their ace, but Brendan Rodgers should make it clear that Celtic will meet whatever they are asking, in order to avoid being very scarce when it comes to defenders in September.
The Bhoys are going through somewhat of a defensive crisis at the moment. Star man Dedryck Boyata has been unavailable due to injury so far this season, and could well be on his way out of the club. In his absence, the Celtic defence has looked very suspect, with much of the defence coming under heavy criticism following losses to Hearts and AEK Athens, even from their own players.
That is why 21-year-old Scotland international McKenna (valued at £1.13m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) will be such a solid signing for The Hoops. He is currently carrying an injury that may leave him out for a few weeks, but he nonetheless should be signed before the window closes.
The Aberdeen man is the sort of no-nonsense defender that would come in handy at Celtic Park, due to Celtic’s fairly feeble current outfit. Fans may criticise McKenna that he does not fit into Rodgers’ style of play, and that he is not a particularly great passer of the ball, but the Celtic boss will equally relish a defender who is dependable.
A defender that simply defends almost seems outdated, but he could be invaluable at the moment. Plus, at the age of 21, McKenna is in no way the finished article, and could develop to become a great in green and white.
Celtic have had a fairly dismal summer so far, and with the end of the window fast approaching Celtic must make their move to avoid further disappointment.